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Claims Arising out of Gallbladder Removal

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is keyhole surgery to remove the gallbladder and is the common method for treating gallstones.  I have acted on several cases where patients have suffered unacceptable complications, and have obtained compensation for my clients ranging from between £25k to £100k, depending upon the severity of the injuries. 

It is important to point out that the vast majority of laparoscopic cholecystectomies are completely successful, but on occasions injuries are caused to the common bile duct due to poor surgical technique.  This is usually where the practising surgeons have failed to adequately identify the biliary anatomy during the procedure and inadvertently caused damage.  Many patients then suffer from biliary leak, abdominal pain and jaundice, and require major revisional abdominal surgery known as Roux-en Y hepaticojejunostomy.

This revision surgery involves greater risks than the original laparoscopic procedure and entails a much longer period of rehabilitation.  The patient will be left with significant abdominal scarring and often suffer with residual symptoms throughout their lives.  Unfortunately, as a result of the injury sustained by the negligence and the implications of the major revision surgery, the patient will also face a number of health risks throughout the rest of their lifetime. 

Sadly there are a proportion of patients who suffer from these complications, who do not appreciate they can claim compensation for the injuries they sustain by pursuing an action in clinical negligence against the Hospital Trust. 

If you have any questions with regards the outcome of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, do not hesitate to call the clinical negligence team at Lanyon Bowdler on: 01743 280280 or email me at kay.kelly@lblaw.co.uk.